KFC has announced that it will trial the production of chicken nuggets created using 3D bioprinting technology in its branches across Moscow, Russia, later this year.
The ambitious project aims to create the world’s first laboratory-made chicken nuggets, with the chicken chain promising they will “be as close as possible in both taste and appearance to the original KFC product.”
KFC has partnered with 3D Bioprinting Solutions to craft a chicken nugget with chicken and plant cells using bioprinting. Bioprinting technology is a technique used to combine biological materials and is used in medicine to create tissue.
According to KFC’s press release, bioprinting has the same microelements as the original product without the various additives used in traditional farming.
They also claim that bioprinted chicken nuggets are more ethical as the production process does not harm any animals.
Raisa Polyakova, CEO of KFC Russia and Commonwealth Independent States said:
“Crafted meat products are the next step in the development of our ‘restaurant of the future’ concept. Our experiment in testing 3D bioprinting technology to create chicken products can also help address several looming global problems. We are glad to contribute to its development and are working to make it available to thousands of people in Russia and, if possible, around the world.”
While uncommon, there is currently substantial funding backing laboratory-grown meat research with one startup, Memphis Meats, raising USD161 million (5 billion Thai baht) during its latest funding round.
Should the Moscow 3D bioprinted chicken nuggets prove a success, the technology could then roll out in KFC restaurants around the rest of the world.